Rosie Sycks X ︎Spotify


First, a little bit about me


I am a human-centered designer, leader, and a problem solver currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Media and Interaction Design at Georgia Tech (go jackets).

I am passionate about sustainability, indie R&B music, social equity, and creating innovative solutions to the challenges we face. Most importantly, I am passionate about people. I leverage my visual design skills with my technical knowledge of research and interaction to create designs that improve human connection and increase inclusivity.
 



Why Spotify?


I love the way music connects people... and Spotify is constantly on the forefront of facilitating human connection through music.

I am passionate about the art, technology, and social impact of the music industry. I believe music is an incredibly powerful tool for social change. I spent a semester studying the civil rights movement through the lens of hip-hop and trap music.  I even worked as an operator at Georgia Tech’s student radio (WREK ATL 91.1 FM).  I stay involved in the music scene by creating websites, social media graphics, album art, and other visual assets for local bands.

Currently, I am working on a project with software engineer, Kelsey Johnson, to create a ‘digital jukebox’ feature that could be implemented in Spotify’s platform. This project is currently in the research phase. Ask me more about it!

Some pictures from my time at 91.1 FM





What value will I bring to Spotify?


I am passionate about and skilled at UX/UI design. I thrive in situations where I am able to collaborate with others and work on teams. There is nothing more exciting to me than a group sticky-note brainstorming session! I am empathetic—I take the time to really understand my users needs and painpoints. I solve problems. When I am frustrated with something, I design a solution instead of complaining or accepting the situation as it is. I prioritize research! I thoroughly believe research is one of the key pillars of creating good designs. Good designs, to me, are useful, usable, and desirable. This is what I strive to create with my work.

Here are some of the projects, internships, and roles that have allowed me to learn, grow, and aquire design and leadership skills...




SPANX

︎︎︎UX Design Internship

I previously interned at SPANX where I assisted the UX and E-commerce teams in an initiative to raise the conversion rate on spanx.com by 30%. At Spanx, I gained experience designing PDPs and landing pages, creating UX modules, and conducting user research. I even created and pitched a working prototype of a new chat bot messanger to improve the online shopping experience.

I am fascinated by designing for mobile environments. It feels like solving a puzzle: trying to effectively say everything that needs to be said but in such a small amount of space. At Spanx, I re-designed the mobile check-out experience, shortening it by 3 steps.








Type 1 Ally

︎︎︎UX/UI Design

I design with empathy and intentionality. To quote professor and designer, Lisa Babb, ”Nobody should design without empathy.”

In order to empathize, I get to know my users. One of my favorite projects to work on was Type 1 Ally, an app to help Type 1 Diabetics improve their relationship with food and body image through macro-focused nutrition tracking, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and community support. I spent majortiy of project timeline researching my users’ pain points and needs.

After conducting research and really getting to know my users, I was able to start building out the app. I used Sketch to create wireframes and InVision to bring them to life.

View the project︎︎︎







Instagram Feed Redesign

︎︎︎User Research
︎︎︎UX/UI Design

I design to solve problems. A problem I noticed many of my friends to be facing involved Instgram’s current feed/homepage.

The Problem Instagram’s current feed design is unable to meet the needs of individual users. While some users may want to view memes in their feed, others might want to see pictures of family and friends. But what if a user wants to see memes sometimes and pictures of family othertimes? Instagram’s current feed design does not allow for the filtering or organization of content need to meet the needs of their multi-faceted users.

My SolutionI designed a new Instagram feature that allows users to create and organize personalized ‘feeds’ that match their different interests and motives. Users can group the accounts they follow into different feeds tailored to the type of content they want to view. This design allowed me create with a ‘one-size-fits-one’ solution even though Instagram’s platform serves billions of users.

View the project︎︎︎    








Bits of Good

︎︎︎Product Design

I mentioned earlier that I love designing for people. I also love working with other people. In a typical team project, my strengths lie in ideation, creation, and innovation. When a teammate is stuck, I love helping brainstorm new ideas and solutions. I also love bringing my teammates ideas to life with my technical design skills. I am passionate about progess and am a catalyst for innovation when my team hits a slump. 

I am currently spending my time collaborating with product managers, engineers, and fellow designers over at Bits Of Good where we create powerful web apps for local non-profits.

I am on the Live2BGirl team, creating a positive and encouraging social media platform to combat the negative impact of social media on young women.






My Skills

Design Concepts
  • UX/UI Design
  • User Research
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Wireframing
  • Usability Testing
  • Graphic & Visual Design
  • Ideation
  • Layout Design
  • Typography
People & Management
  • Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Communitation
  • Public Speaking
  • Scrum/Agile Methodologies
  • Collaboration
  • Organization
Tools
  • Sketch
  • InVision
  • Figma
  • Photoshop
  • Abobe XD
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Google Suite
  • Microsoft Office
  • Familiarity with Java, Python, & HTML/CSS

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Let’s Connect


Phone 404-645-5924
Email rosie.sycks@gmail.com
Linkedin See Profile 

Feel free to reach out with any questions or comments ︎